Hyundai Verna Hatchback First Drive & Gearbox

Hyundai Verna Overview

Hyundai had been struggling for a while in the sedan segment with the older Verna as it lacked features compared to its main rivals such as the Honda City and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Now though, the company has launched the 5th generation Verna in order to counter the competition and grab a bigger slice of the large sedan segment in India. The all-new Verna now features a host of improvements in almost all areas and one would expect Hyundai has adopted its usual strategy of loading the car with many features from a segment above. In addition, the new Hyundai Verna has also been priced competitively and all variants too have been packaged intelligently, which is bound to attract a lot of attention. Within four days of its launch, the company has already received more than 4,500 bookings but that could be a case of hype around the new car as well. In order to find out if the new Verna can sustain this momentum and become a cause of worry for the competition, we drove the car around the beautiful city of Kochi in different conditions and have a clear verdict on the car’s capabilities and potential. View offers on Hyundai Cars from Hyundai dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop

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Hyundai Verna Design & Style

Usually what happens with facelifts and yearly updates when it comes to sedans is a minor nip and tuck here and change of headlights and the bumper segments. The overall chassis usually remain the same and the engine, well in most cases is just a bit fine tuned. We saw something similar happen with the Honda City earlier this year that mostly looks the same as the older version. One of Honda City’s main rivals in the Indian sedan market is the Hyundai Verna. The new Hyundai Verna now comes with a bolder stance thanks to the big front cascade grille and new projector headlamps. One look at the side profile of the next generation Verna and you see more of a coupe design than of a regular four door sedan.

The rear of the car has a subtle rise to it and the boot design well integrates with the overall proportions of this car. The rear LED taillights will remind you of the Hyundai Elantra and they are just beautiful. The front and rear bumpers are also redesigned and the overall appearance of the new Verna is soothing to the eyes. The car is now slightly longer and wider also than the outgoing model and gives a certain sense of authority. And the change is not just cosmetic. Hyundai’s 5th generation Verna is based on an all new K2 platform with the Hyundai Verna. It’s made up of 50% Advanced High Strength steel or what the nerds at Hyundai like to call it, AHSS. This adds to the bodily strength of this vehicle and also claims to make the car more agile and safe. The car also comes with cornering lights and new diamond cut alloy wheels.

Hyundai Verna Cabin & Comfort

The looks of the dual-tone beige and black cabin is definitely a Hyundai  . The carmaker has worked upon by adding silver highlights to lend some contrast. Those behind the wheels would found the ambiance and the user-interface a nice place to be in. And the overall fit and finish inside have been drastically improved. The center console is nicely angled while the low sills on the dashboard offer a good view of the outside. The infotainment system is positioned high while the buttons and controls are also sensibly placed.

The front seats are well finished and the cushioning is also on a softer side. The car really shines when it comes to rear seat improvement with the company giving extra cushioning and better legroom as compared to older Verna. However, anyone taller than average will find it difficult to manage at the back. Regardless of where you are seated, the sedan offers excellent space for storing smaller items. Each door pocket can hold 1L bottle, there are cup holders close to the gear lever while the center armrest has a storage bay. Along with larger glovebox, the passengers this time around, will get the facility of USB charging at both front and rear.

The Korean automaker has taken this car to its ultimate comfort level this time. The new Hyundai Verna gets first in class front ventilated seats and new features including rear curtain, smart electric sunroof, and rear ac vents. The car gets 7-inch touchscreen infotainment which is considered the best in its class. The system is not only powered by Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Mirror Link, but also can be controlled via voice commands. Other features in the sedan include cruise control, leather upholstery, push-engine start/stop button, handsfree smart trunk opening and luggage lamp among the plethora of comfort factors.

Hyundai Verna Engine & Gearbox

The new Hyundai Verna is offered with two engines, a 1.6 litre petrol unit and a 1.6 litre diesel mill. The smart thing Hyundai has done is it is offering an automatic transmission with petrol as well as diesel versions and variants below the top one too can be ordered with an automatic gearbox. The car we drove was a diesel one with an automatic transmission. The 1.6 litre CRDi diesel mill produces about 125 hp and 250 Nm of torque and the torque-convertor gearbox has six ratios. Owing to multiple measures to lower the NVH ratings, the cabin is much more refined than the older Verna. The only place when we could hear the engine was in the forest around Chapara waterfalls as it was a quiet place. In regular traffic the noise from the engine is well-contained and the wind noise too is appreciably low at high speeds.

The engine has been tuned to produce more torque at lower revs, as a result of which driveability has improved significantly. Pulling away at lower revs is much more comfortable now and once past around 1,500 rpm, the engine is quite responsive. The Verna is the most powerful car in its segment but its power delivery is linear, which makes it good to drive and enjoy. The automatic gearbox too performs well and shifts reasonably quick in most conditions. It’s only under kick-downs that one feels a slight lag but for most practical reasons the unit does its job well.

Overall, the Verna was never a slow car to drive but the new one feels more refined and more confident and feels better to drive on highways too than most of its competitors.

Hyundai Verna Driving Dynamics

This is one area that has been an Achilles Heel for Hyundai in the past, especially the Verna. The new Verna though is quite different as Hyundai has put in some serious work to improve the car’s handling. The McPherson strut setup at the front and the torsion beam axle at the rear now inspire confidence at high speed and that is a big change for the Verna. Body-roll is lower than the older model and the car now goes around corners with a sense of predictability. Stability at high-speed has improved significantly and the car no longer suffers from the floaty feeling at triple digit speeds that the older Verna had.

Ride quality too has been improved in the new Verna although it was never a problem for this car. The horizontal movement of the suspension while hitting an undulation has been reduced, which translates into lesser jerks being transferred to the cabin. Speed breakers and potholes are dealt with ease and occupants will find the ride quality to be quite cushioned. The steering wheel too offers more feedback, which helps a driver have more confidence in the car.

Hyundai Verna Safety & Security

While the braking performance of the new Verna is adequate for a regular driving experience, the energetic drivers will find it missing due to lack of rear disc brake. However, the jerkiness of the brakes in the previous version has now been sorted out. In terms of equipment, the sedan is loaded with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, central locking and ISOFIX mounts as standard. Further, choosing the top spec model will get you 6 airbags, keyless entry, headlamp escort function, and speed sensing auto-door lock.

Hyundai Verna Cost in Pune

Hyundai Verna Ex-Showroom Price in Pune ranges from 7,98,774/- (Verna 1.6 VTVT E) to 12,86,949/- (Verna 1.6 CRDI SX Plus AT). Get best offers for Hyundai Verna from Hyundai Dealers in Pune. Check for Verna price in Pune at Carzprice

Hyundai Verna Conclusion

The new Hyundai Verna has undergone major changes, most of which are improvements and most crucially in the right places. The car scores well in areas such as design and it looks much more premium and dynamic than earlier. I would’ve scored a perfect 10 to the cabin if not for the rear legroom and headroom, which isn’t segment-best. However, the infotainment system deserves full marks and small yet smart things such as Auto Link and iBlue app add value to the overall proposition. The biggest change for me personally has been Verna’s transformation from a nervous handling car to a confidence-inspiring car even at high speed and that alone highlights how seriously Hyundai considered consumer feedback while developing this car.

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